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Blind And Deaf Senior Dog Is Eager To Prove She Can Still Love

Penelope was hardly expected to live out her last days in anything but darkness and isolation.

After all, even her own family had so little faith in the 7-year-old shepherd mix, they left her at a high-kill shelter in Miami to die.

She's deaf and completely blind.

But the light still comes through to her heart.

This is Penelope.Dog Tales

This is Penelope. | Dog Tales

In October, a team from Dog Tales, an animal sanctuary based in Ontario, visited Miami-Dade Animal Services.

Their journey was inspired by a photograph Danielle Eden, the organization's co-founder, came across. It showed a dog named Apollo, depressed, staring at a wall and awaiting euthanasia.

It was too late to save Apollo.Dog Tales

It was too late to save Apollo. | Dog Tales

A sad testament to the brisk business of putting down dogs, Apollo was euthanized before the Dog Tales team could get there. But since his death, he has become something of a patron saint for more than 110 dogs rescued from the shelter.

"That really has inspired all of our Miami rescues," Clare Forndran, media director for Dog Tales, told The Dodo at the time. "Every dog we've rescued from there since is really in honor of the dog we couldn't save."

Welcome to Canada, Penelope.Dog Tales

Welcome to Canada, Penelope. | Dog Tales

Penelope was among the dogs brought back to the sprawling sanctuary, thanks to Apollo. As dark as her days may have been, she is, by all accounts, shiny on the inside. Penelope is described a lover of many things: the outdoors, playing, snuggling and yes, children.

She needs a home. Think you can help? Visit Dog Tales here. You can also email info@dogtales.ca.